An airline executive refuses to believe that pilot error, by his friend, caused a fatal crash and persists in looking for another reason.

Director:

Ralph Nelson

Writers:

Ernest K. Gann (book), Harold Medford (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Ford ... Sam McBane
Nancy Kwan ... Sally Fraser
Rod Taylor ... Captain Jack Savage
Suzanne Pleshette ... Martha Webster
Jane Russell ... Jane Russell
Wally Cox ... Ralph Bundy
Nehemiah Persoff ... Ben Sawyer
Mark Stevens ... Mickey Doolan
Max Showalter ... Dan Crawford
Constance Towers ... Peg Burke
Howard St. John ... Mark Hutchins
Robert J. Wilke ... Stillman (as Robert Wilke)
Bert Freed ... Dillon
Dort Clark ... Ted Wilson
Mary Wickes ... Mrs. Llewlyn
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Storyline

An airliner crashes near Los Angeles due to an unusual string of coincidences. A stewardess, who is the sole survivor, joins airline executives in discovering the causes of the crash. Written by Arthur H. Olsen <102526.2017@compuserve.com>

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He played with death to prove a theory See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Thriller | War

Certificate:

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Trivia

Rod Taylor and Suzanne Pleshette had co-starred one year earlier in The Birds (1963), in which their scenes had an entirely different tone and dynamic. See more »

Goofs

The cockpit of the airliner that crashes at the start of the movie has a brightly illuminated cockpit interior, which would make it almost impossible for the crew to see outside the aircraft. This mistake is repeated when the re-enactment of the accident is performed. In addition, when the crash airliner's engines failed, all lights on the aircraft would have been disabled, darkening the cockpit. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Jack Savage: When your number's up, why fight it, right? And if its not, why worry about it?
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Connections

Referenced in Beverly Hills, 90210: The Time Has Come Today (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Fate Is the Hunter
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Lyrics by Don Wolf
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Investigation into plane crash told through flashback
23 October 1999 | by PearseySee all my reviews

A film whose story is told in flashback, during the investigation of an airline accident. Sam McBane (Glenn Ford) is an executive of Continental Airlines who is desperate to prove that his old Army-Air Corps buddy Capt. Jack Savage (Rod Taylor) had not been drinking before the fatal flight. His investigation brings him into contact with several close friends of Savage. Through them, McBane learns a lot he didn't know about the airline pilot.

The plot of the movie takes off during the last 10 minutes when McBane and the only survivor of the crash, Stewardess Martha Stewart (Suzanne Pleshette, excellent in limited screen time), recreate the original fatal flight in every detail. A friend of mine who wouldn't usually go in for this kind of fare, after viewing it with me, said "Fate of the Hunter" turned into a pretty good movie due to the last part.

Glenn Ford has some good scenes, particularly during the CAB hearing and Rod Taylor is likeable in his role.

This is one of my personal favorite movies and I recommend it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1964 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Fate Is the Hunter See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,525,000 (estimated)
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Arcola Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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